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Side by Side

Christopher Kenneally (2012)

15 Certificate


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As digital technology increasingly takes the place of traditional film cameras on movie shoots, this illuminating feature documentary lines up proponents on both sides to discuss the impact of the power of the pixel on the art and craft of the cinema. Keanu Reeves (who also co-produced) is on hand to chat with the absolute best in the business - James Cameron describes his part in developing a new generation of digital movie cameras, while Martin Scorsese feels he's had to learn his craft all over again when going digital on his more recent projects. Championing traditional methods, however, are Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan and his cameraman Wally Pfister, while David Fincher remains largely agnostic, as long as the tools are up to his demanding specifications. Thanks to a host of choice clips (on film and HD), Chris Kenneally's film is both even-handed and surprisingly accessible to both techno-geeks and the general audience alike. Timely and smartly assembled, it's above all hugely entertaining.


Keanu Reeves presents a documentary examining the process of movie-making, comparing the difference between shooting in film and using modern digital technology. Directors including Martin Scorsese, James Cameron and Christopher Nolan offer their thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of working in both formats and how the medium may develop in the future.

Cast & Crew

Keanu Reeves Keanu Reeves
Martin Scorsese Martin Scorsese
James Cameron James Cameron
David Lynch David Lynch
David Fincher David Fincher
Christopher Nolan Christopher Nolan
Lena Dunham Lena Dunham
Danny Boyle Danny Boyle
George Lucas George Lucas
Robert Rodriguez Robert Rodriguez
Steven Soderbergh Steven Soderbergh
Vittorio Storaro Vittorio Storaro
Lars von Trier Lars von Trier
Michael Ballhaus Michael Ballhaus
Director Christopher Kenneally
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Axiom Films Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 15 Feb 2013

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